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Dr. Kathleen Forcier

Pediatrics
Palo Alto, CA
female

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Palo Alto, CA

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795 El Camino Real, Palo Alto, CA
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Pediatrics

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English

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A member asked:
Dr. Kathleen Forcier
Specializes in Pediatrics
No: Although rare, babies with certain viral illnesses who are given Aspirin for fever can develop something called reye syndrome. The symptoms include vo... Read More
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Dr. Kathleen Forcier
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Yes: Certain forms of hormonal birth control can decrease your milk supply and aren't recommended for breastfeeding mothers. However there are some proges... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kathleen Forcier
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Baby cereal : When your baby is 4-6 months old it's usually time to start trying solid foods. For most babies the first food is rice creal or infant oatmeal mixed ... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kathleen Forcier
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Preventive care: Well baby check ups involve monitoring your baby's growth (weight, height and head circumference), making sure your baby is developing normally, an ex... Read More
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Dr. Kathleen Forcier
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2 weeks: Your baby's umbilical cord will fall off on its own when he's around 10-14 days old. There's nothing you need to do to it before it falls off except ... Read More
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Dr. Kathleen Forcier
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Yes: Pets and kids usually get along well. It's best to supervise the two as they interact so you can intervene if necessary (even a loving friendly dog m... Read More
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Dr. Kathleen Forcier
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Yes: Unless your baby has a severe egg allergy or an illness that compromises her immune system, the flu shot is safe for kids 6 months and older. It's al... Read More
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Dr. Kathleen Forcier
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Blood and hearing : Around 24 hours old babies should have blood drawn for a newborn screen and bilirubin. The newborn screen is a test that looks for genetic and metabol... Read More
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Dr. Kathleen Forcier
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No: Plain Acetaminophen (tylenol) can be used for pain or fever (call your doctor first if your baby is less than 3 months). If your child is older than 6... Read More
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Dr. Kathleen Forcier
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Yellow skin: After the newborn period, jaundice (a yellow tint to the skin and eyes) may indicate a problem with the liver or red blood cells. Jaundice in newborn... Read More
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Dr. Kathleen Forcier
Specializes in Pediatrics
No: Whenever someone in your house is sick there's always a chance your baby may get sick too. But whether it's you, dad or a sibling who's sick, the best... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kathleen Forcier
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Depends on his age: Babies need less sleep as they age. The following is the average amount of sleep babies need at different ages; each individual baby is slightly diffe... Read More
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Dr. Kathleen Forcier
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Usually: Mongolian spots, or slate grey patches, are a concentrated area of melanocytes (the cells that give your skin its pigment). Over time those cells spr... Read More
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Dr. Kathleen Forcier
Specializes in Pediatrics
Not necessarily: While it's true that some children with ear infections tug on their ears because they hurt, some babies pull on their ears because of ear wax, somethi... Read More
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Dr. Kathleen Forcier
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Botulism: Honey and corn syrup can contain a bacteria called clostridium botulinum. This isn't a problem for adults but c. Botulinum spores can germinate inside... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kathleen Forcier
Specializes in Pediatrics
No: Breastfeeding does demand a lot of your body (after all you have to share your nutrition with someone else), but as long as you're eating healthy food... Read More
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Dr. Kathleen Forcier
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Most colors: Stool color changes with age and diet. Newborns have sticky black stools (called meconium) until about 4 days of life when the stool transitions to a ... Read More
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Dr. Kathleen Forcier
Specializes in Pediatrics
Depends on age: If your baby is breastfeeding how long he is on the breast depends on his age. In the beginning he's still learning how to nurse effectively and your... Read More
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Dr. Kathleen Forcier
Specializes in Pediatrics
Warm, shallow water: Once your baby's umbilical cord has fallen off it's time for his first bath. You can either use a basin with about 2 inches of water or a bath with a... Read More
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Dr. Kathleen Forcier
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Weight and diapers: All breastfed babies lose a little weight in the beginning. Signs your baby is getting enough milk: 1) look for the same number of wet diapers as your... Read More
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Dr. Kathleen Forcier
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No: It depends. Some women with previous breast surgeries or breast trauma can breast feed their babies fine, others can breast feed a little but need to... Read More
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Www.seatcheck.org: If after reading the car seat manual and your car's owner manual you're not sure that your car seat is installed properly you can always have an exper... Read More
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Dr. Kathleen Forcier
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5-8: Starting around 4 days old babies should have about 5-8 wet diapers a day. Poop is another story. Some breastfeed babies stool after every feed whic... Read More
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Dr. Kathleen Forcier
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Nevus simplex: A stork bite (or nevus simplex) is a small area of redness at the nape of the neck usually noticed in the newborn period. You may also see a similar ... Read More
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Dr. Kathleen Forcier
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Yes: Breastmilk is a near perfect food for baby. The only thing it's missing is vitamin d, so breast fed babies should get 400 iu of vitamin d a day (1 ml... Read More
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Dr. Kathleen Forcier
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1 years: Babies can drink cow's milk-based formulas from birth, cow's milk-based yogurt from around 6-9 months, but shouldn't be given plain cow's milk until t... Read More
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Dr. Kathleen Forcier
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Think like a baby: Baby proofing is a constant process. When you first start literally crawl around your house and look for little things you could put in your mouth, co... Read More
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Dr. Kathleen Forcier
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No: Breast feeding delays the return of ovulation and can help prevent new moms from getting pregnant. If you have a newborn and your period hasn't return... Read More
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Dr. Kathleen Forcier
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You can't: It's gonna be easier to child proof your home than prevent your baby from reaching up over her head to grab something "fun". Move sharp or breakable i... Read More
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Dr. Kathleen Forcier
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Yes: Infants and young children throw up after coughing so frequently that we have a medical term for it: post-tussive emesis. You don't need to see your ... Read More
A 28-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kathleen Forcier
Specializes in Pediatrics
Depends on age: Initially breastfed babies tend to lose weight but once mom's milk comes in they should gain about 30g (1 oz) a day! from 3-6 months they gain about 2... Read More
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Dr. Kathleen Forcier
Specializes in Pediatrics
Yes: Newborns and young infants hiccup a lot. Some babies start hiccuping before they're even born and moms will report having felt a rhythmic fetal movem... Read More
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Dr. Kathleen Forcier
Specializes in Pediatrics
No: Even though your baby probably finds it frustrating he goes backwards when he wants to go forwards, it's not a reason for concern. Lots of babies cra... Read More
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Dr. Kathleen Forcier
Specializes in Pediatrics
Yes: Yes, yes and yes. Breast feeding will help your uterus shrink back to its normal size faster and will help you shed the pregnancy weight. Even though... Read More
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Dr. Kathleen Forcier
Specializes in Pediatrics
Discarding breastmil: Pumping and dumping refers to pumping breast milk and then throwing it away rather than feeding it to your baby. This practice is most frequently use... Read More
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Dr. Kathleen Forcier
Specializes in Pediatrics
No: Being able to prevent serious illness is one of the best parts of my job. My grandma told me stories of how she would worry every summer that her kids... Read More
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Dr. Kathleen Forcier
Specializes in Pediatrics
No: Stooling patterns for infants are very different from adults. Some newborns poop after every feed (yes that can mean 8 times a day!). Some breastfed... Read More
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Dr. Kathleen Forcier
Specializes in Pediatrics
Clip the tongue tie: Some babies are born with an extra piece of tissue anchoring the tongue to the floor of the mouth. Occasionally this restricts tongue movement enough ... Read More
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Dr. Kathleen Forcier
Specializes in Pediatrics
Lab work: Babies at high risk for iron deficiency include those born prematurely and babies who aren't eating any solids (like rice cereal) after 6 months old. ... Read More
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Dr. Kathleen Forcier
Specializes in Pediatrics
1 year: The goal is to get rid of the bottle by 1 year - it's better for your baby's teeth and babies who drink from a bottle after a year tend to get more ea... Read More
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Dr. Kathleen Forcier
Specializes in Pediatrics
No: Celiac disease does run in families but that doesn't necessarily mean that your baby will also have the disease. You should let your pediatrician know... Read More
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Dr. Kathleen Forcier
Specializes in Pediatrics
With a MD's help: If your child has placed a bead up his nose it's probably best to bring him to the doctor. Your pediatrician (or maybe an ear, nose and throat doctor... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kathleen Forcier
Specializes in Pediatrics
Yes: Frequent ear infections are not only frustrating but can potentially affect language development. Breastfeeding, decreasing pacifier use, and giving ... Read More

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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Forcier is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Forcier is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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you write such great, clear answers- thanks!
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful!
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This was very helpful. Thanks!

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Medical/Graduate school

Weill Cornell Medical College of Cornell University, NY
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Sutter medical group
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